Technological evolution of high temperature superconductors
White, Jordan R.
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High temperature superconducting (HTS) cables are currently being used in the commercial energy industry primarily for demonstration purposes and to evaluate the feasibility of large-scale implementation into the electric grid. While still in the evaluation stage, the U.S. Navy is finding the test results promising and is investigating its potential use for future electric ships to supply power to electric propulsion motors and possible high-energy weapons such as rail guns and lasers. Moreover, the Navy successfully tested an HTS degaussing system on a modern U.S. destroyer in 2008. The day of full-scale HTS integration is quickly approaching. This thesis used the IHS Goldfire Cloud Connect software in an attempt to determine any current trends of HTS cable innovation and development based on published patents trends. Specific search criteria and filters were used to determine the applicable technology, and those patents categorized by year, were used to develop a regression model to predict future patent trends.
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